Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist from England. Their art is found through many cities around the world and the graffiti can be influenced by political stances. Banksy’s work is controversial and sprinkled with dark humor and now we’re introduced to the Walled Off hotel which by itself is a tremendous achievement and a fine piece of art.
The hotel is based in Bethlehem, Palestine and includes art by Banksy, Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin who have all customized guest rooms. Most of the rooms include a floor to ceiling graffiti pieces and are equipped with Wi-fi, fridge, safe and air conditioning. The view is something every prestigious hotel takes pride in – here you have a view of the army watchtower.
You would think a hotel like this would cost you a fortune for a night of art-gazing but the good people behind the project have thought about this. There’s a military-themed room which costs only $30 a night and provides all the essentials a normal person would get… if they’re in the army. You get military-grade bedding (yes, in military green), locker, safe and free earplugs. The bathroom, of course, is shared.
The presidential suite is something else entirely – plunge bath, library, home cinema, roof garden, tiki bar and a personal butler. It’s advertised to satisfy even the needs of a corrupt head of state and includes original artwork on some of the walls. Accommodates up to 6 people and is absolutely separated from the people in the military room.
Banksy has thought of the guests’ entertainment as well – there’s a piano bar, a gallery and a museum for those of you who cannot get enough of the art in their rooms (or you’re in the military room and just have to get out of there for a while). The gallery is dedicated to the most notable Palestinian artists over the past 20 years and their work.